Swordfish is an ingredient that feels very exotic, especially if you are new to seafood. It has a texture that places it somewhere between tuna and pork, whilst still maintaining a fish flavor that few other foods will taste like.
However, don’t think for a second that swordfish is an ingredient that is out of your ability to make. It is a surprisingly easy fish to work with for a variety of meals.
Not only that, but it doesn’t require many if any, elaborate tools to cook with. From pan-searing to grilling, swordfish is a very versatile little ingredient you can cook for yourself.
However, if you are new to cooking fish, especially swordfish, then you may be struggling to know how to prepare swordfish for yourself first.
Well, don’t worry, because we have you covered!
In this guide, we are going to show you the best ways that you can prepare swordfish for yourself, and in the comfort of your own home too!
1. Grilled Swordfish
Starting off our list with something that is both delicious to eat and simple to prepare, we have a standard grilled swordfish recipe for you!
This is a delightfully easy recipe to learn the basics of cooking this type of fish.
That isn’t to say that the fish is boring to taste, however, not by a long shot. With a good helping of garlic, lemon, various herbs, and olive oil, this swordfish recipe is still packed with plenty of flavors to boot.
So, if you want to start cooking with swordfish more often, and want something simple and effective to practice with, this is the recipe for you.
2. Simple Grilled Swordfish
Of course, with such great meat to work with as swordfish, it is not surprising that there are more than a few ways of preparing a simple, yet tasty swordfish for ourselves.
This simple grilling recipe for this type of fish is proof of that!
When it comes to this recipe, the key is making sure that the swordfish does not start burning. The fish should be cooking for between 5 and 8 minutes. Any longer and you’ll start crisping and burning the outside too much.
3. Easy Baked Swordfish
This swordfish recipe is delicious and flaky, as all swordfish recipes should be!
Not only that, but with a marinade that is also relatively easy to make, you’re also getting an incredible recipe for fish marinade whilst you are making this recipe too!
This is a great meal to prepare for a hot summer, just like the ones you’ll find in the Mediterranean!
4. Grilled Swordfish With Lemon Oregano Marinade
It’s time for another grilled swordfish recipe!
However, with the vinaigrette recipe that you’ll find here, you’ll have a recipe that balances the delicate, yet amazing flavors of both of these ingredients, alongside an amazing marinade too.
Just make sure that you do not marinate the swordfish meat for longer than an hour if you want to retain the fish’s flavor.
5. Swordfish Souvlaki
Greek is a type of cuisine that is known for its subtle, mature flavors. So, you can imagine that swordfish is right at home here!
Souvlaki is a very popular kind of Greek meal to make, so swordfish is a natural go-to for a recipe like this as well.
If you’re looking for the best results from this recipe, make sure that you’re pairing it with good Roma tomatoes!
6. Italian Style Grilled Marinated Swordfish
If there’s one thing that Italy is known for, it has to be its legendary cooking and cuisine!
However, many of us often feel that going to an authentic Italian restaurant for all their flavors will break the bank.
However, that isn’t the case with this recipe!
7. Mango Salsa On Grilled Swordfish
Mango salsa is a sweet take on this classic dip that everyone can’t get enough off.
With it being such a sweet side to have, you may think that it is a little too much for a subtle food like swordfish to handle. But you’ll be surprised just how well this fish handles that sweet taste, especially when paired with the right seasonings!
8. Grilled Swordfish With A Blueberry Balsamic Reduction
What makes this recipe stand out from the rest is the reduction that is made with the grilled swordfish here, as it is made from blueberries!
The slightly sweet nature of this reduction is a great contrast to the mango salsa we covered in the last entry, as well as a demonstration of how a little preparation can go a long way toward making an entirely new dish.
9. Blackened Swordfish
The key to this recipe is making sure the rub that you use to add some flavor to the swordfish steak has had time to marinade.
Rub a little olive oil into the fish steak before you start cooking it, and you have a recipe for success and a full belly on its way!
10. Grilled Marinated Swordfish Steaks
With its firm flesh and ease of cooking, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that we find ourselves at another grilled swordfish recipe.
However, this recipe has some fantastic ideas for marinades that you can use whilst you are grilling this particular meat, such as red wine vinegar and soy sauce.
11. Mediterranean Swordfish With Tomato & Olive Tapenade
However, we are aware that not every grilled fish recipe is going to be loved by everyone, so we’ve switched things up a little with this next entry.
Packed to the brim with juicy flavors, and plenty of vegetable goodness, there aren’t many other recipes quite like this tomato and olive tapenade swordfish recipe.
Get a taste of the Mediterranean with this dish!
12. Broiled Swordfish
The best results you can get with this recipe are done by broiling each side of the steak one at a time.
Make sure that there is space to let that broiling heat escape from underneath the fish steak when you are broiling it!
13. Swordfish With Asparagus Foil Packets
Asparagus is a very popular vegetable to serve when fish is on the menu, so it is no surprise that swordfish are very often sold with this particular stem vegetable.
Make sure that you serve your swordfish steak on a bed of asparagus, topped with a slice of lemon that can diffuse into the fish meat and vegetables as it cooks!
14. Lemon Garlic Swordfish
Lemon has been a go-to citrus flavor to serve with swordfish since people first started preparing these two ingredients together hundreds of years ago (fun fact, there’s a theory that it was thought that lemon juice would dissolve tiny fish bones that you ate)!
This recipe compliments the sweetness and bitterness of the lemon with a delightful amount of garlic, to get an amazing result that few other fish recipes can compete with!
15. Ginger Garlic Pan Roasted Swordfish
As you should hopefully be starting to understand, there’s nothing that’s quite as classy as a swordfish to prepare for a meal.
With the ginger garlic that is used in this recipe, that complexity is deceptively simple for you to make in your kitchen, making it the perfect recipe to wow your guests or family in the evening.
16. Lime Basil Grilled Swordfish Steaks
Of course, if you’re looking for an easy way to prepare swordfish steaks during the week, then you need to check out this flavor-packed recipe for yourself!
This is the perfect recipe to through on a grill in the summertime and is the perfect meal to try and introduce skeptics to the amazing flavorful wonders of swordfish as THE food of choice, both for kids and newcomer adults.
17. Blackened Swordfish
Easy to make, and great to eat, decisions don’t get much simpler when it comes to deciding on a fish for your grill.
This particular recipe makes full use of the seasoning that it has, making a swordfish recipe that is delicate like many others, whilst also balancing the right texture that this blackened recipe calls for.
Make sure that you keep an eye on that timer whilst cooking this one up!
18. Brazilian Fish Stew (Moqueca Baiana)
Brazilian cuisine is a kind of food that is unlike almost any other.
Being familiar in plenty of ways, with a big emphasis on citrus tang and flavors that many European dishes use, whilst also using plenty of New World flavors, such as the coconut sauce of this recipe, you have a perfect blend of flavors from across the world.
Plus, with many of them being very subtle in this recipe, they are great for swordfish dressing too!
19. Swordfish Tacos With Mango Avocado Salsa
Who doesn’t love a good taco recipe? Well, maybe not everyone. Fish are often one of the food groups that gets left out of many people’s go-to taco recipes.
However, with this swordfish dish, there’s no excuse now! With a healthy dollop of sour cream and plenty of salsa, this recipe is an easy recommendation from us!
20. Swordfish Burgers With Lemon Vinaigrette
Now, fish is often quite a difficult food to get kids to start appreciating.
Fortunately, especially if your kids love burgers, this is the perfect way to get them interested in new foods.
Shaping the swordfish meat into a patty might feel like you’re robbing it of some of its characters, but trust us when we say that all the important flavors are still here.
21. Pan-Seared Swordfish
With such a high-protein, low-carb ratio, we’re surprised that there haven’t been more people trying to incorporate this food into their keto diets!
Plus with a super-quick cooking time, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a recipe that can be whipped up as quickly as this one can be!
22. Grilled Swordfish Salmoriglio
Of course, if you’re looking for a high-effort dinner recipe idea (maybe for a home date?), then this salmoriglio recipe is a great recipe to roll your sleeves up for and get stuck into!
23. Grilled Swordfish Kebabs With Citrus Herb Salsa
With it being such a slice of firm fish meat, swordfish steak is the perfect seafood to use in a skewered kebab.
So, if you love picking meat off your wooden sticks, this is a great recipe to make!
24. Crispy Swordfish Nuggets
Of course, who can resist a good nugget? That’s the thought process behind this recipe and is a great way to get more kids interested in seafood.
If you want to avoid the same old fish stick or finger recipe, this is the recipe for you!
25. Indonesian Style Grilled Swordfish Steak
Perhaps it is time to break away from a recipe that isn’t directly inspired by European cuisine.
This South East Asian style recipe is a great answer for people who love eating swordfish but want to try a recipe that has its spin on this classic fish meat.
26. Tandoori Fish Tikka
Staying in Asia for our next recipe, this tikka recipe gives you that classic Indian cuisine spice that it is known for, whilst also giving you a firm fishy texture and flavor at the same time!
27. Pan-Seared Swordfish With Olives & Capers
With just a little tang and a little citrus sweetness thrown into the mix, this is another classic swordfish recipe that you can easily try for yourself at home!
28. Garlic Cilantro Lime Swordfish Kebabs
Last, but certainly not least, we have the perfect combo of cilantro and lime to throw in a pan with your cooking swordfish!
(Well, technically this recipe is for the grill, but you get the idea!)
Being super easy to make, and full of flavor, this will become an instant go-to recipe to make for yourself or others!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Swordfish Take To Cook?
That will depend on your preferred style of cooking this particular fish.
Generally speaking, pan-searing your swordfish will take around 10 to 11 minutes, whereas grilling a swordfish steak will only take 5 to 6 minutes at most.
Swordfish can also be cooked in the oven, taking around 12 to 15 minutes depending on the temperature, but this can also leave your swordfish quite dry if not prepared properly.
Make sure that you are following the instructions your recipe provides if you do choose to go with the oven!
What Is Swordfish Served Well With?
As you may have noticed, judging by the types of recipes we have shown you, swordfish is often used in a variety of Mediterranean cuisines, from Italian to Greek, to even some Spanish and Moroccan dishes, so keep these cuisines in mind when you are looking for ingredients.
Swordfish often goes well when used with a salad and its dressings, as well as several sides with milder flavors, such as couscous or beans,
Remember, swordfish has quite a mild flavor itself, so it must be paired with foods and ingredients that aren’t going to easily overpower its taste.
Finding the right dressing that accentuates its flavor, rather than smothering it, will go a long way to making your swordfish dish amazing.
As you can see, so long as you have a little heat (and some garlic, lemon, and butter to boot), you will always be able to make a stunning recipe from this classy kind of seafood!
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